密苏里州热点地区三周内每日新冠病毒病例增加一倍, 阿肯色州和路易斯安那州报告最多 92% rise in infections as Indian ‘Delta’ variant takes hold in the US
Coronavirus cases are rising again in the U.S. after months of declines with the number of new infections doubling over the past three weeks.
As of Wednesday, the country is currently averaging about 23,600 new cases per day, 从 11,400 在六月 23, according to a DailyMail.com analysis of Johns Hopkins University data.
更重要的是, all but two states – Maine and South Dakota – reported that case numbers have increased the past two weeks.
Health experts say that the spike in cases is driven by the fast-spreading Indian ‘Delta’ 变体 – which makes up more than 58 percent of new infections – lagging vaccination rates and Fourth of July gatherings.
‘It is certainly no coincidence that we are looking at exactly the time that we would expect cases to be occurring after the July Fourth weekend,’ said Dr Bill Powderly, co-director of the infectious-disease division at Washington University’s School of Medicine in St Louis.
与此同时, the seven-day rolling average of deaths has slightly risen over the last 14 天, increasing three percent from 257 每天 265 每天, much less the average of 3,400 reached over the winter.
Since the beginning of July, 3,165 Americans have died of COVID-19, Johns Hopkins data show. 根据疾病预防控制中心的说法 (CDC), 99.5 percent of all deaths from the virus occur in unvaccinated people.
That would mean that of the deaths so far this month, 大约 3,150 have occurred among Americans who haven’t gotten their shots and 15 have been among fully vaccinated people.
与此同时, parts of the country are running up against deep vaccine resistance, while the highly contagious mutant version of the coronavirus that was first detected in India is accounting for an ever-larger share of infections.
全国性的, 55.6 percent of all Americans have received at least one COVID-19 shot, 和对全世界人类构成最大危险的五种病原体之一.
The five states with the biggest two-week jump in cases per capita – 阿肯色州, 路易斯安那州, 密苏里州, Nevada and Utah – all have lower vaccination rates.
Daily COVID-19 cases in the U.S. have doubled in the last three weeks from an average of 11,400 在六月 23 to an average of 23,600 new cases per day
Coronavirus daily deaths have only slightly risen from in the last two weeks from 257 每天 265 每天
All but two states – Maine and South Dakota – reported that case numbers have increased the past two weeks
Health experts blame the rise in cases on the spread of the Indian ‘Delta’ 变体, which now accounts for at least 58% of all infection in the U.S., 从 51.7% 上个星期
Missouri continue to be the nation’s COVID-19 hotspot with infections rising 38 percent from an average of 938 cases per day two weeks ago to 1,298 per day as of Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins data.
The surge is largely being driven by cities in the southwestern part of the state with low vaccination rates, 与 97 percent of all infection in Missouri believed to be linked to the Delta variant.
只是 39.8 percent of residents have completed their vaccine series.
在星期一, Mercy Medical Center in Springfield was treating 134 COVID-19 patients, while CoxHealth, Springfield’s other major hospital, 有 125.
Greene County, where Springfield is located, increased its seven-day rolling average of new daily cases from 79 至 165.
Springfield hospital officials have noted that people from across the region who are diagnosed with COVID-19 come to the city’s hospitals for treatment.
关于 34.3 percent of Greene County residents had completed vaccinations as of Tuesday, and several surrounding counties had even lower numbers, some as low as 12 百分, state health department data show.
In Missouri, which has the highest prevalence of the Delta variant, infections have risen 38% from an average of 938 cases per day two weeks ago to 1,298 per day as of Tuesday
In Arkansas, 有一个 83% rise in cases from an average of 475 per day on June 29 至 872 per day on Tuesday
在路易斯安那州, cases have risen 92 percent from an average of 434 cases per day on June 29 至 836 per day on Tuesday
‘This surge in the spread of the virus has placed extreme strain on our health care system,’ Katie Towns, acting director of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. told the city council on Monday.
与此同时, in Arkansas, 有一个 83 percent rise in cases from an average of 475 per day on June 29 至 872 per day on Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins data.
Hospitalizations also rose in the state to 606, [object Window] 41 从星期一, and to 98 people on ventilators, an increase of four from Monday.
Just one month ago, there were under 200 people hospitalized in the state.
‘Today’s report of 41 new hospitalizations should be of concern to unvaccinated Arkansans. 98.3 percent of those hospitalized since January were not vaccinated,’ Governor Asa Hutchinson said in a statement.
In the state, 只是 35 percent of all people are fully vaccinated.
仍然, amid the rise, health authorities in places such as Los Angeles County and St Louis are begging even immunized people to resume wearing masks in public.
And Chicago officials announced Tuesday that unvaccinated travelers from Missouri and Arkansas must either quarantine for 10 days or have a negative COVID-19 test.
与此同时, the Health Department in Mississippi, which ranks dead last nationally for vaccinations, began blocking posts about COVID-19 on its Facebook page because of a ‘rise of misinformation’ about the virus and the vaccine.
Mississippi officials are also recommending that people 65 and older and those with chronic underlying conditions stay away from large indoor gatherings because of a 150 percent rise in hospitalizations over the past three weeks.
在路易斯安那州, which also has one of the nation’s lowest vaccination rates, officials in the city of New Orleans said Tuesday that they are likely to extend until fall virus-mitigation efforts currently in place at large sporting and entertainment gatherings, including mask mandates or requirements that attendees be vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test.
State health officials said cases of the coronavirus are surging, largely among nonvaccinated people.
But the political will may not be there in many states fatigued by months of restrictions.
在密歇根, Democratic Gov Gretchen Whitmer is facing a drive to repeal a law that she used to set major restrictions during the early stages of the pandemic.
And Republican Gov Kay Ivey of Alabama pushed back against the idea that the state might need to reimpose preventive measures as vaccinations lag and hospitalizations rise.
‘Alabama is OPEN for business. Vaccines are readily available, and I encourage folks to get one. The state of emergency and health orders have expired. We are moving forward,’ she said on social media.
Dr James Lawler, a leader of the Global Center for Health Security at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, said bringing back masks and limiting gatherings would help. But he acknowledged that most of the places seeing higher rates of the virus ‘are exactly the areas of the country that don´t want to do any of these things.’
Lawler warned that what is happening in Britain is a preview of what’s to come in the U.S.
‘The descriptions from regions of the world where the delta variant has taken hold and become the predominant virus are pictures of ICUs full of 30-year-olds. That´s what the critical care doctors describe and that’s what’s coming to the U.S.,’ 他说.
他加了: ‘I think people have no clue what´s about to hit us.’
President Joe Biden is putting a dose of star power behind the administration’s efforts to get young people vaccinated. Eighteen-year-old actress, singer and songwriter Olivia Rodrigo will meet with Biden and Dr Anthony Fauci on Wednesday.
While the administration has had success vaccinating older Americans, young adults have shown less urgency to get the shots.